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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100


The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has finally made its way to the market. The phone comes in a bar form and is run on the impressively quick Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. The operating system is backed up by a powerful 1.6 GHz Quad Core Cortex A-9 processor which ensures that applications on the phone are run in a smooth manner.

The screen of the phone is an enlarged 5.55-inch Super AMOLED capacitive screen which makes it a lot of fun to interact with. This display provides a high quality 1280 x 720 pixels HD resolution which is great to watch movies and video on. The phone comes with the TouchWiz user interface which serves to enhance the usability of the device. The phone possesses a Mali-400MP graphics processing unit, thus enhancing the visual experience for the user.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 features an 8.0 mega-pixel primary camera which is backed up by an LED flash to click pictures in low light. The camera doubles up to record Full HD video and play HD video as well. The camera features other useful features such as Auto-focus, Geo-tagging, Touch focus and image stabilization that serve to enhance the usability of the camera. The phone sports a 1.9 megapixel secondary camera so that the user can conduct video calling easily.

* Design

The frame of this Samsung Galaxy device is a sleek and stylish one, with straight edges meeting at nominally curved corners. The dimensions of the phone are 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm which gives it quite a slender frame and it weighs in at a hefty 180 g. The AMOLED technology present in the device makes for a highly attractive display. The phone comes with multiple useful sensors such as the accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyro sensor, barometer and geo-magnetic sensor that make the phone a highly efficient device.

* Storage and Battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 comes with 16 GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 64 GB using a Micro SD card. The device is run on a mammoth 3100 mAh Li-Ion battery for optimum battery life.

* Connectivity and Features

The phone comes with a number of useful features to keep you connected to the internet from anywhere. The device comes with GPRS and EDGE technology which allow the user to connect to the internet via the 2G network. For a faster browsing experience, the phone possesses HSDPA and HSUPA technology which makes the 3G capability much quicker. This Samsung device is capable of connecting to a wireless network in the user’s immediate vicinity as the phone is Wi-Fi capable. The phone can be tethered to another device using the Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. Files and documents can be exchanged using the micro USB port or the Bluetooth functionality on the device.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 also acts as an excellent navigation aid in the form of Google maps which uses the A-GPS and GLONASS technology inbuilt into the phone. The phone is an active entertainment aid as it comes with a music player, video player and an FM radio.

Social networking Apps include Twitter which will let the user stay connected to friends and family at home, work or on the move. Additionally, the phone comes with features such as Air View, Popup note, Quick command and voice input which combine with all the other features to make this Samsung galaxy device a worthy buy.

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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Samsung

 

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Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos i9082


The Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082 is an upcoming phone that is slated for an early 2013 release in the Indian market. The Grand is a dual SIM phone that can support two separate GSM connections. Until recently, dual SIM phones were grossly underpowered and battery capacities on them were quite less. This is certainly not the case with the Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082. The dual SIM phone has a powerful battery that can power the phone for more than a day on normal continuous use. The Grand by Samsung is set to revolutionize the market for Dual SIM phones.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082 is a versatile phone that boasts of an 8 MP primary camera that is capable of some high resolution photos and video capture. The secondary front facing camera is composed of an upgraded 2 MP camera. The primary camera is capable of Full High Definition video recording at 1920 X 1080p at 30 frames per second. The quality can be adjusted between HD ready to Full HD depending on the amount of space you want to be utilized for each video file. The camera comes with an LED flash that is capable of illuminating your subjects quite adequately even in low light conditions to give you clear images.

Auto Focus, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus and Face detection are some of the advanced features supported by the Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082. There is even an image stabilizer and smile detector that can help you take better, memorable pictures. There is a basic image editor present in the Galaxy Grand that you can use to touch up your images once they have been clicked. This makes for a great tool for those slightly imperfect images that you do not wish to delete, allowing you to save even more memories to the disk.

The power source of the Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082 is a massive 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery that is capable of powering your device for extended periods of time. The battery will last through the day with light to moderate usage which would include listening to music, watching video clips and taking a few photos with the 8 MP camera. Continuous video playback and music on the Samsung Grand might drain the battery in a little more than half a day. The 5 inch screen with a resolution of 480 X 800 pixels will certainly help in extending the operating duration of this powerful device without compromising on picture quality. The Multi-touch screen is capable of 16 M colors.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082 has a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and a RAM of 1 GB, with an internal memory of 8 GB which can be extended to another 64 GB by use of Micro SD cards. The device also supports internet connectivity through 2G and 3G, apart from Wi-Fi. Never get lost with the built in A-GPS and GLONASS with Google Maps to guide you along the way. The phone runs on the latest Android Jellybean with OS version 4.1.2.

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Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Samsung

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review: Samsung Perfects Its Phablet Formula


Samsung with Galaxy Note 2 refines its phablet recipe for consumers vying for a bigger and better experience. And even though we favor the lightweight, ergonomically designed smart phones over the lumbering behemoths, we have to admit that the Galaxy Note 2 strikes just the right note. As a phablet, the Galaxy Note 2 is near-perfect and exhibits the kind of engineering prowess and aesthetic beauty, missing from its rivals.

The beautifully crafted device bears similarity to its stunning sibling, the Galaxy S3. It flaunts curved corners, a squarely centered screen with a narrow metallic bezel along the side – that further accentuates the oomph factor.

At the bottom half, you notice the chrome-trimmed physical home key button flanked by two capacitive touch controls which are visible only when the device is active. The Galaxy Note 2 all in all represents Samsung’s signature style that we have grown accustomed too. However on the flip side, the signature design philosophy also includes the use of materials which while being robust, feel plasticky and flimsy in hand.

While there is no squeaking or cracking, the device lacks that premium feel that Galaxy Note 2 sets out to be in the first place with its impressive spec list and price range.

Moving on to the size, the device harbors a 5.55-inch display – making it a simply a colossal device. It is quite a handful, quite literally and if you are even dreaming about a single handed operation – you can simply forget it. Having said that, a lot of positive comments that we have heard about the Galaxy note 2 and its predecessor have been tied to the display. The vast stretch of super AMOLED screen with a 1280×720 pixel resolution provides the perfect ground for watching HD movies, playing graphic intense game and reading eBooks.

Reinforced by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 which is thinner and lighter, the device brings onboard a 267 pixels-per-inch which may not be as sharp as that of the Galaxy S3 at 306 pixels-per-inch, but is not too far off either.

We have talked about the aesthetic elements of the Galaxy Note 2 and its shared resemblance with the popular members of the Galaxy range. On the hardware front, it is powered by the same ARM Cortex-A9-based quad core Exynos 4412 chipset (with Mali-400MP quad core graphics processor) as the Galaxy S3 and its predecessor, along with a 2GB RAM.

These combinations bring an amazingly well-balanced Smartphone that is quite responsive and accurate at most times. The smoothness becomes more apparent while playing high-end games like Dead Trigger or N.O.V.A 3.

On the storage front, the device dishes out serious options starting from 16GB, 32GB to 64GB. In addition, there is Micro SD slot provided which further allows you to increase the storage capability upto 32GB or higher like, 64GB. It also provides several connectivity options like NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, WI-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot and DLNA.

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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Samsung

 

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Samsung Galaxy S III


The Samsung Galaxy S3 is without a doubt the best phone for ME. Before you purchase this phone I urge you to really think about your needs, and stack them against this review. This review is based on an unrooted phone on Verizon Wireless. If you don’t feel like reading all of the specifics, skip down to the end and just check out the pros and cons.

* Feel/Design

The body of the Verizon Galaxy S3 is very smooth and fits well in your hand; it is a plastic build which allows the phone to remain light. I personally am terrified of dropping it due to the case. I purchased a silicone case just to keep the back scratch free and provide a little cushion in case dropped. The power button is located on the right side of the phone near the top, and a volume rocker is located on the left side near the top. There is a home button on the front of the screen near the bottom on the center Very simple. One small complaint is the battery cover: you have to somewhat pry it off starting with a little slip on top center of the phone. Directly left of that is the headphone input. Another disappointment to me is the way the speaker is placed; it’s on the rear of the phone and if you have the phone on a flat table, it muffles the sound from the speaker.

* Screen

You’re going to be working with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display. It’s an amazing display Much more bright than my wife’s iPhone 4S. It seems to have a more crisp look. If you aren’t used to a large screen, the S3 will take a little getting used to. Coming from an original Motorola Droid, I was a little off put by the large size of this phone. In the month that I’ve had it I’ve gotten so used to it that now when I pick up my iPod touch, my immediate reaction is, “why did they design this screen so small?” It is also worth noting that the screen is made from Gorilla Glass 2

* Performance

1.5 GHz S4 processor and 2GB of RAM? Yes please. I have never had so much as a hiccup with this phone, despite running as many memory intensive programs and games as I can. The home screens run smoothly even using Go Launcher as a home replacement. I haven’t found a thing that my S3 can’t run flawlessly.

* Connectivity (Signal Strength)

I’m currently in San Diego, CA. The only time I do not get 4G is when I’m on the island of Coronado, and even then it just cuts in and out. Everywhere else I have been in San Diego, I get exceptional service. Doing a speed test, I routinely get around 12 Mbps; that is as fast as my home internet connection.

* Battery Life

2100 mAh battery Doing a looped video test, I can squeeze about 9 hours 15 minutes out of my phone. The only time my battery life isn’t wonderful is when the phone is maxed out searching for signal on Coronado. Moderate use: playing games, making calls, using Tapatalk, checking my Google+, Twitter, Flip board, and reading other news articles, I can usually get a good 16 hours of battery life.

* OS

I could write several pages just on how much better ICS is than any other Android build I’ve used, but I’m going to leave it to you to research this. The ability to customize my phone is invaluable to me, which is why I always choose Android over Apple.

* Camera

8.0 mega-pixel rear camera, 1.9 mega-pixel front camera One of the biggest reasons I wanted a phone upgrade was the camera. The Motorola Droid camera was so slow that it made capturing unique moments nearly impossible. The speed on the S3 camera is stellar. The dual-core cpu does a great job at giving great speed and performance with virtually no lag. The quality of the pictures is also fantastic. My S3 outperforms my wife’s iPhone 4S in picture quality by far.

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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Samsung

 

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Review


* Key Features

• Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS
• 8 MP Primary Camera
• 1.9 MP Secondary Camera
• 4.8-inch Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen
• 1.4 GHz Quad Core Processor
• Wi-Fi Enabled
• Expandable Storage Capacity of 64 GB

Samsung is known for Smartphone with trendy designs and user-friendly features, but this time they have spared no expense and are bent on beating their own record. Be prepared to enjoy an amazing blend of style, performance and features on the Samsung Galaxy S3. Powered by a 1.4 GHz Quad Core processor, the S3 is based on the Android v4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system. The refined OS promises simplicity and sensibility and you can enjoy easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets and easy interactivity.

The Samsung S3 comes with a 4.8-inch HD, capacitive touch screen that supports 720 x 1280 pixel resolution with 16 M colors and Mali-400 megapixel graphics. The TouchWiz user interface is custom built for the Android OS, making this Smartphone versatile and easy to use.

The user-friendliness of the Smartphone is taken up a notch with the S Voice feature that allows you to simply talk to your phone to give instructions. You can ask the S3 to turn off the alarm, reject or answer a call, turn the music up or down, or even tell the camera when to shoot.

No matter where you go you are always prepared to capture some unforgettable moments in sharp and vivid colors the Samsung Galaxy S3’s 8 megapixel camera with LED flash. Taking pictures is made even more enjoyable with useful camera features like Geo-tagging, face and smile detection, auto focus and image editor. The S3 comes with a secondary camera that is located on the front of the camera. You can enjoy HD video recording on the Galaxy S3 and shoot videos at 30 fps with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution.

* Design

The ergonomically designed S3 has a stunningly sleek bar design and is a joy to hold in your hand. The smooth and non-linear lines and gentle curves give the S3 an elegant and natural look. The super AMOLED screen ensures that you can enjoy bright display, richer colors and optimum power processing. The Galaxy S3 comes packed with sensors like accelerometer, gyro sensor, RGB sensor, proximity sensor, barometer and compass that ensure you get the best view on the Smartphone and can switch between applications with ease. The compact design of the S3 includes a raised home button and the back and menu keys placed on either side of the home button. You will also find a loudspeaker, 3.5 mm audio jack and a micro USB port neatly packed into the compact design of the phone.

* Storage and Battery

The S3 is powered by a powerful 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery that supports optimum talktime and standby time. The Smartphone has an internal memory of 16 GB and the memory can be expanded up to 64 GB using micro SD or micro SDHC cards.

* Connectivity and Features

The internet capabilities of the S3 will not leave you wanting for more. The Android Smartphone is enabled with GPRS, EDGE and 3G, so staying connected should not be a problem no matter where you are. The S3 Android is Wi-Fi enabled and also supports the Wi-Fi hotspot feature that allows the S3 to connect to the mobile network and act as a Wi-Fi router. You can create your own Wi-Fi hub wherever you are. The S3 is Bluetooth enabled and has a micro USB port for connectivity. Sharing is made even easier thanks to the S Beam feature that allows you to transfer documents, contacts, pictures, music, videos and more by simply placing the backs of your phones together.

The Galaxy S3 is a Smartphone you can rely on for convenience and functionality. The GPS Smartphone is enabled with A-GPS with Google Maps allowing you to navigate through your city, or an unknown one, with ease. You can easily get your work done with the help of features like document viewer, document editor and push mail.

The AllShare Play feature on the S3 lets you work together with the help of DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct, giving you remote access to documents and multimedia files when you work on a different screen somewhere else. You can stay connected with friends with the help of the social tag feature that lets you link the faces of friends with their social media streams. You simply have to look at their pictures to see their current status appear. The Java enabled Smartphone also has a music player, video player and an FM radio.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a chic Smartphone that offers compelling new ways of communicating and sharing and is meant for people who are looking for a Smartphone that delivers power and speed.

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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Samsung

 

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Review


It’s hard to know where to start with the Samsung Galaxy S4. After months of rumours, leaks, hyperbole and more than one launch event, this is undoubtedly the most lusted after Android Smartphone to date. In fact, we’d say that interest in the phone before launch was at least as high as for upcoming Apple phones, including the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6.

Now we finally have an S4 to review, just two simple questions remain. Most importantly, is this the best smartphone you can buy today? But also, has Samsung taken a big step forward over last year’s S3 or is this more an evolution of that handset?

* BUILD QUALITY AND DESIGN

At first glance you’d have to err towards an evolution. The S3 certainly isn’t a phone to show off with; not that it doesn’t look rather pretty, but more because it’s almost unrecognizable from its predecessor unless you look up close. This is no bad thing in our opinion as it didn’t attract any unwanted attention on the train home, unlike an iPhone 5 just after its release.

The new handset appears to retain the same white plastic finish, but look closer and you’ll see a fine diamond pattern beneath the gloss surface. It’s a nice touch, and one subtle enough to avoid accusations of unnecessary bling.

Given its big 4.99in display, the S4 is surprisingly svelte. It measures just 136.6×69.8×7.9mm and weighs only 130g. That makes it both smaller overall and lighter than both its immediate rivals, the Sony Xperia Z and our current favorite, the HTC One.

From the front the most obvious change is the thinner screen bezels, both down the edges and at other end. This puts the screen just 2.5mm away from the edge of the device and it’s becoming hard to imagine this distance getting any smaller without seriously compromising the survivability of the handset when dropped. The sides have been squared off, compared to the S3, which makes it easier to grip though it looks a little chunkier for it.

The areas above and below the screen are now far smaller, which has significantly reduced the amount of space for the physical home button and touch sensitive menu and back commands. This could have made them awkward, but the button needs an appreciably lighter press and we had no trouble hitting the touch sensitive controls.

Despite the back being removable, which has advantages we’ll discuss later, the S4 doesn’t suffer overly for this practicality. The rear panel fits snug against the body with no flex or shift. When in place, the handset feels like a single piece of tech.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is among the best-looking plastic phones we’ve ever seen. It’s a decent evolution from the S3, ironing out plenty of the minor flaws that its predecessor had. These include a USB port that didn’t look very well cut out and a rear case that had quite a loose fit; with the S4, it feels that much more finished and as though more attention has been paid to the detail.

Having said that it’s a very conservative design purely from a look and feel perspective we prefer the aluminum HTC One. The curved back and sharp corners make it look far more striking that the rather amorphous blob of the S4; plus HTC has squeezed in a pair of front mounted speakers onto the One, as we’ll discuss later. However, as a piece of practical engineering the S4 is simply superior, because it fits a noticeably larger display into a similarly sized handset. You simply can’t get more screen than this in your pocket for the size or weight.

The S4 is better designed from an ergonomic point of view. The HTC One’s power button at the top of the phone is beautifully designed, it doesn’t stick out but it responds reliably when you press it (once you’ve got the hang of where it is). The problem is its position, having pressed it with your forefinger you can’t then reach the buttons below the screen with your thumb. The S4’s right-hand-side power button has a far more traditional and boring look, but at least you can use the handset one handed without having to shift your grip constantly.

* DISPLAY

This is the first Smartphone to use an AMOLED display with a Full HD resolution. Measuring 4.99in across this gives it an on-paper pixels-per-inch figure of 441, up from 306PPI on the Galaxy S3. As always, it’s worth noting that the display uses a pentile arrangement of subpixels with two colors per pixel, rather than three – which means its actual resolution is less than equivalent LCD displays.

This is less of a problem on a Full HD display than it was previously. The incredibly high number of pixels-per-inch makes the lack of refinement, usually apparent on the edges of text, practically unnoticeable. Furthermore, the incredible contrast you get from an AMOLED display more than makes up for any small perceivable loss of detail.

In practical use there’s far less difference between this and the LCD HTC One than their technology would suggest. The penile pixel arrangement doesn’t seem to noticeably affect detail on the S4, while the contrast on the HTC One was also excellent. The colors on the S4 are a little richer at any given brightness, but then the HTC One is far brighter at its maximum setting, handy on sunny days – although run it that way all the time and your battery life will be severely diminished.

Speaking of brightness, Samsung’s controls are far better, with a brightness slider always present on the notifications drop down menu. This also lets you tweak the auto brightness settings, allowing you to have it a few steps brighter, or dimmer, than the variable default. By comparison the HTC One makes you dig in the menus to adjust it and offers no such tweaking of the auto setting

Having said all that, the biggest difference is simply that the S4’s screen is bigger. It’s not a huge deal when using apps day to day, sending texts, or hammering out a quick email, but for browsing desktop website sites, playing games and watching video clips it’s a big plus.

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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Samsung

 

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Best Samsung Galaxy S4 Apps


The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the best devices to launch in 2013. With Google Play onboard, there’s a wealth of applications to boost the preinstalled apps.

When you first turn the device on, you’ll find a huge array of apps available to use right from the off.

You can see the best apps to download onto the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the gallery above, but here’s a lowdown of our favorite preinstalled apps:

* Flipboard

Think of Flipboard as a digital magazine, one that is populated with content and subject matter chosen by you. It’s visually stunning, can be placed as a widget on your home screen, and is always re-populating itself with the latest articles from all over the web.

* Dropbox

Dropbox is your drive in the cloud. Giving you 2GB of data for free, you can upload and access your files from anywhere thanks to the Android app. If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy S III or Note 2, you’ll also get 50GB free Dropbox storage for two years by simply logging in.

* Group Play

Group Play enables you to connect directly with others to share, play and co-create content and entertainment instantly. Its ‘Share Music’ option means you can have the same song playing on multiple phones in sync to create the best party atmosphere.

But it’s not just designed for music. You can also share documents and photos using Group Play. The new software also supports multi-user games as well, opening up myriad of gaming possibilities for you and your friends.

* S Planner

Located in your application drawer, S Planner will be the default choice for any calendar activity on your Android. This means it will open when you open it or when you interact with another app that uses your calendar.

* S Health

S Health is a total health and fitness suite on your Samsung Galaxy S4. The app will track your daily workouts, daily food and drink intake and even shows your comfort level based on temperature and humidity.

You can purchase a range of extra accessories to go with the app, such as heart monitors and scales to ensure all the data is in one place.

* S Voice

S Voice is a voice assistant. Most reliably, you can always depend on S Voice for weather information. Want to make a call or a text? Once more, you can depend on S Voice. It will even open an application with little more than a few choice words and search the web.

* Samsung Apps

There’s a wealth of content available on Samsung Apps, some of which cannot be found anywhere else.

It’s also simple to get the content downloaded and running on your Galaxy device as the entire store works in a similar fashion to Google’s Play portal.

* Samsung Hub

Available for free, Samsung Hub attempts to list all the latest and greatest applications, games, and content currently available via Google’s Play store.

It’s a curator service aimed at singling out the best of Android’s 600,000-plus applications and games.

* WatchON

Samsung’s WatchON feature provides a whole new world of entertainment on your device and on your TV.

WatchON debuted on the Samsung Galaxy S4, allowing you to view TV listings, both on-demand and live broadcasts on your device and transfer these onto a bigger screen.

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Samsung

 

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